This weekend Mark Hamill shared a new perspective on one of his more notorious confessions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi — he wishes he’d never confessed it in the first place.
[Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.]
Throughout the Last Jedi press tour, Hamill, who returns to the role of Luke Skywalker in the film to a much larger extent than in its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has described disagreeing with Rian Johnson over his character’s nature.
Hamill has been with Star Wars since the beginning, after all, while Rian Johnson is a new face — an interloper, if you’re feeling ungenerous. If nothing else, Hamill’s understanding of the franchise is given the weight of seniority.
If you didn’t enjoy the way Rian Johnson built his movie, it’s certainly a delectable slice of confirmation bias. And, as certain plot elements of The Last Jedi have become contentious among fans, that’s what has happened — Hamill’s comments have been used as the first of 95 theses nailed to The Last Jedi’s door, if you will.
On Dec. 26, Hamill responded to people who would use his “doubts and insecurities” as ammunition against his director. The actor quote-retweeted a tweet that picked out another part of the Last Jedi press tour, in which he spoke more about the creative process:
EXACTLY! Exactly...... pic.twitter.com/inxdMFudSn— The Stupendous Wave (@StupendousWave) December 25, 2017
And in the quote part of the quote-retweet, he explained that he regretted sharing his initial disagreement with Johnson:
I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private. All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that- @rianjohnson made an all-time GREAT one! #HumbledHamill https://t.co/8ujJfBuEdV— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 26, 2017
Hamill isn’t the first actor to run afoul of the way that fans can now collectively dissect every moment of a press tour, thanks to the archival nature of the internet. One actor’s creative disagreement turned to fruitful collaboration can easily become another fan’s controversy, which can, in turn, blow back on the other half of that collaboration.